Sunday, December 19, 2004

Green Nephthea

Green Nephthea. This colony came from Rich, President of MARS, and has been fragged many times. The nephthea needs moderate to strong flow and small particulate foods (TLF Marine Snow, DT's Phytoplankton) should be blown across their extended polyps. They do have the tendancy to "brown" up under intense lighting, therefore this coral will soon have a new home in the North Lake Tahoe Boys and Girls Club's aquarium.

Purple Bullseye Mushroom

Purple Bullseye Mushroom Coral. This brightly colored mushroom comes from the Tonga Islands. I consider this shroom to be one of the most handsome mushrooms seen in the aquarium trade. Although a bit uncommon, fragging and sharing with fellow reefers is highly recommended.

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Thing one and thing two. Actually, two Red Coco Worms. Dr. Ron Shimek recommends two daily target feedings of phytoplankton, preferably two different types.
Tridacna Derasa. This clam will grow to sizes up to two feet. Responsible aquarists should be prepared to deliver and donate outgrown species to suitable aquariums. David Cripe, curator at the Monterey Bay Aquarium has and will accept healthy donations without hesitation.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Author and coral farmer Anthony Calfo gave an animated and informative frag demonstration to the members of M.A.R.S. and B.A.R. (Bay Area Reefers) last Saturday in Dixon. He fragged a leather, favia, birdsnest, acropora and a rose anemone. The demonstration was professionally video taped and hopefully I can provide my clients with a copy to view in the near future.

Monday, October 11, 2004

A pink and green sea cucumber. This suspension feeder is a hardy aquarium tankmate. A strong water flow is necessary to stimulate a response with feeding tentacles. They commonly reproduce in the aquarium and pose little threat to a toxic spawn.

Frags and frags, ready for the bi-annual Marine Aquarist Roundtable of Sacramento frag swap this Saturday, 10/16/04.
Pierogyra Sinousa, Pearl colored Bubble Coral.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Debbie's Actinodiscus Striata, Striped Mushroom Coral. With no effort at all, these mushroom corals can multiple quickly.
Dendrophylliidae. Commonly called a cup or a turbin coral, from both the Atlantic and Pacific.
This True Percula Clownfish has taken host to a Euphyllia Glabrescens, Branching Hammer.

Yellowstripe Maroon Clownfish. This clown hosts the Rose Bubble Tip Anemone.
Montipora Aquituberculata. I received this frag from Tim Plaza, Marine Aquarists Roundtable of Sacramento, (MARS). The very unique part of this coral, besides its intense coloration, is that this plating Montipora can also grow vertical branches that coral biologists refer to as nodules. This coral was first aquired in the hobby trade in the mid 1990's and currently there is over a year and a half wait list to aquire a tiny grade size that sells in the $75 range. I hope to have it ready for my clients in late 2005.

Al's tank September 2004.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Al's tank.....before, January 2004.

Blue Linckia, this sea star needs a long acclimation period and is very sensitive to salinity and Ph changes.
Montipora Digitata, this colony grew from a small 1.5 inch frag and has been propagated many times.

Monday, September 13, 2004

Saifin Tang, Montipora Digitata and Pavona Cactus.
Adding photos for Shelley Fallon, Fallon Multi Media. Euphyllia Ancora (Anchor Coral)

Sunday, September 12, 2004

Crocea clam. Received 9/10 on hold for Debbie.

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Recently cloned Rose Bubble Tip Anemone.
Welcome. I learned about blogs today in the Sacramento Bee and thought this would be a great way to share photos and correspond with clients, family and friends. This photo of us was taken last February at Las Rocas, south of Rosarito, Baja California. If you're ever down there, check out Las Rocas' fantastic tide pools full of urchin and anemones. And the margaritas are pretty good too!